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Japanese are Weighed Down by Deviating from Their Traditional Diet

ing metabolic disorders.

Companies will have to provide counselling on fitness and nutrition to those high-risk employees, business newspaper Nikkei reported recently.

To comply with these new regulations, car manufacturer Toyota will launch a health centre January 2008 incorporating the latest diagnostic equipment, the newspaper said.

Despite the phenomenon of obesity among older Japanese citizens, many young females have the problem of weighing too little.

An estimated 20 percent of Japanese females in their 20s and 30s are underweight.

They pick at low-calorie lunch packs that are also becoming increasingly popular among men in the 30s and 40s, the newspaper reported.

Additionally, the government has resolved to change the eating habits of students through improved school lunches and thus, indirectly, the nutrition habits of their families.

A system that was introduced two years ago requires that each school kitchen employ at least one nutritional expert.

In addition, older citizens are recruited to take children to the countryside and plant vegetable gardens.

"If we change the habits of children, we can also change their families and, in the long term, improve our entire society in terms of nutrition," said Kaneda.


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